Guest Columns

TEEGARDEN: PRESIDENT'S GENERAL WAR ORDER NO. 1

Abraham Lincoln takes charge and orders his generals to fight!

Contributing Columnist

It was 150 years ago, on January 27, 1862, that President Abraham Lincoln issued a somewhat extraordinary directive, titled “President’s General War Order No. 1.” Lincoln’s Order stemmed from both his boiling frustration with the inaction of his top generals and from his own recognition of the strategic opportunity for coordinated and simultaneous action among the Union’s various military forces.

HARLAN: AMERICANS ELECT IS ON THE BALLOT IN COLORADO

Americans Elect are ready to crash the party

GUEST COLUMNIST

What if talk about challenging the status quo was more than talk and the November election saw three presidential contenders running neck and neck? That was the prime question when Americans Elect (AE) held its Regional Delegate Leaders Conference (the first of six) in Omaha. Three dozen people (some committed, some skeptical, all curious) met to plan how to upend the presidential nominating process and take the White House.

CML: 2012 STATE OF OUR CITIES & TOWNS SURVEY

Challenges lie ahead for municipal infrastructure

GUEST COLUMNISTS

You see it every day. Exposed rebar underneath a concrete bridge. Alligator cracking in the street ahead. The water or sewer line break underneath the road that is blocked forcing a detour on your drive home. These are all visible evidence that Colorado cities and towns are struggling to find the dollars needed to maintain the infrastructure that keeps our society functioning.

SMITH: ANDERSON WAS A WONDERFUL PUBLIC SERVANT

Remembering Freddy Anderson

Contributing Columnist

Editor’s Note: Former state Senate President Fred Anderson of Loveland died of a heart attack on Dec. 23 at the age of 83. He was elected to the state senate in 1966 and served until 1982 when he retired. He was president of the senate for eight years. Anderson was also very active in water issues in the state. He is survived by his wife, a brother, three sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A memorial service will be held in the Denver area later this month.

HILLMAN: RAPPAPORT'S RULING READS LIKE A BRIEF FOR THE PLAINTIFFS

‘Rationality’ eludes judge in school funding case

GUEST COLUMNIST

When Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that the state will appeal a Denver court’s ruling that the state inadequately funds education, he acknowledged what Judge Sheila Rappaport — and previously the Colorado Supreme Court — would not: money is a finite resource, even when it’s spent on worthy causes and when it’s spent by government.

SUGDEN: GET READY FOR NEW SYSTEM IN 2014

Health Insurance Exchanges are the future

GUEST COLUMNIST

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) promises to revolutionize the health insurance marketplace. A component of this revolution is the creation of Health Insurance Exchanges, online portals where consumers will shop for and enroll in coverage. Exchanges hope to assist 32 million consumers in finding affordable health plans. They will direct those eligible for Medicaid to that program and will deliver premium subsidies and tax credits to those who qualify.

TEEGARDEN: AND A LIST OF RECOMMENDED AUTHORS AND BOOKS

A New Years’ Eve Civil War battle

Contributing Columnist

First, following is a brief description of a very bloody and inconclusive battle (technically counted as a Union victory) known as the Battle of Stones River or Murfreesboro. Second, I’ve provided a list of my own favorite Civil War historians/non-fiction writers and some suggested (very readable, not dry and boring) books related to the Civil War and its place in our national psyche.

TEEGARDEN: THE CIVIL WAR "YEAR-END WRAP-UP"

The holiday seasons during the Civil War years were predictably somber

GUEST COLUMNIST

December is the traditional time for overall “year in review” wrap up stories. So here’s an attempt to summarize the years of the Civil War. The following is admittedly far too superficial for any historian or amateur student of that period, but will hopefully give more general readers a glimpse of the painful annual retrospectives families were somberly reflecting upon during the holiday seasons of 1860-1865.

GAGLIARDI: BIG ISN’T ALWAYS THE BEST

Shopping small can make a big difference

GUEST COLUMNIST

For the third consecutive month, NFIB’s Small Business Economic Trends report, a key economic benchmark used by Federal Reserve officials and congressional leaders, showed an increase in small-business optimism — a leading indicator of economic growth.